Waiting for bus to take us to Sbahn to take us to Ubahn to take us to Bus to take us to Airport to take us to Istanbul.
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First morning I got up early and took a tram to the Galata Bridge.
Galata Tower over the Galata Bridge, passage across the Golden Horn.
People are always with the fishing on the Galata Bridge. They much catch something, but nothing very big from what I saw. Perhaps they are subsidized by tourist bureau.
Orhan Pamuk talks of mansions left over from the days of the Sultans that have been neglected, damaged, burned, squatted in, torn down. He talks of signs of decay everywhere in the Istanbul of his childhood.
Galata Tower. Plaque at the base says it commemorates Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror's storming of the gates of Byzantium in 1453. I hoped for a better light but got the wrong time of day.
Hardware store section of town is vast and includes every hardware, tool, machine part, machine you can imagine.
Looking across the Golden Horne to the Sultan Mehmet Mosque.
Tour bus traffic at the Hagga Sofya.
One of TripAdvisor.com's 100 must-visit places.
The Blue Mosque in the morning. The Blue Mosque faces the Hagga Sofia, both in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, located on Hill No. 1, site of ancient Byzantium.
Restaurant-heavy street near our Guesthouse. The Turks fly more national flags than the U.S. on the 4th of July. You'll see a few in these photos.
Outside our Guesthouse, apparently too early for some. Travel is always hard on Oona because the only thing she eats for breakfast is nutella on toast or nutella crepes.
Photographing the Photographers Photographing the Blue Mosque.
Istanbul is a very crowded city. In this area most are tourists.
I took just over 100 photos of the Haga Sofia. I've pared it down for this album.
Blue Mosque. Built between 1609 and 1619 by Sultan Ahmed the First.
Guy on the left was relentless in trying to sell us the little flower crowns. He succeeded on day 3 at the same spot.
Took awhile to get the fountain to cooperate on this one.
The line to get into the Hagga Sofia. Didn't include me.
Sorchia getting serious about photography.
Purchasing bus tickets to Kapadokya for the next day.
Some Justinian or Constantine tower thingy.
Entering Grand Bazaar.
The construction of this vast shopping mall began in 1455, only two years after the Turks kicked in the gates of Constantinople. Must get shopping!
Oona liked all the gold.
Time for Tea and Honey Sweets!
Sending it back.
Kemal is everywhere.